March 12, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The bill would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals." -- California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (pictured)
Wednesday, California Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced AB 255, which would require online mapping services such as Google Earth or Virtual Earth to blur aerial or satellite views of churches, schools, government or medical buildings. The bill would also prohibit the maps from providing street-level views of such facilities. Violators would be charged with a crime, assessed a penalty of $250,000 per day and given a prison term. A note on Anderson's Web site says the bill is "a public safety bill that would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.